International Monastic Training for Nepal

Theravada Monastic

            Ven.Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (main teacher)

            Akshesware mahavihara, Kathmandu, Nepal.

            June 10th-12th, 2019

            This is a 3-day intensive course on Theravada Monastic. Considering Nepal as a country with mixed Buddhist practice, mainly Vajrayana and Mahayana, Theravada is only a minority. Even courses offered at a university level cover mostly Mahayana and Vajrayana.

            This course is offered with an intention to provide information for the audience to be more familiar with Theravada both at an academic level and practical level.

            With the history of the Sakyas, eventhough their ancestors came from India, but they have long lost the Theravada monastic tradition. This course will offer a glimpse into monastic life.

            Information will offer the details of ordination, novice ordination and full ordination both for the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis.

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Silent Retreat

Nowsday, foreign women and Thai women are interested in practicing dhamma and seeking for a temple where they can stay and practice. However, they are still worried about communication in English and the safety of the place. In Early 2018, both foreign women and Thai women requested for silent treat at Songdhammakalyani monastery, because it is a female monk temple. It should be safe and there is Ven.Dhammananda who posseses knowledge and English language in teaching both concentration and insight meditation.

Songdhammakalyani monastery organizes silent retreat project in order to spread the right knowledge of both concentration and insight meditation to foreign women and Thai women for their benefits. They have an alternative to access the knowledge of Buddhism both the the theory and practice in a safe place. In 2019, there are 5 silent retreats as follows:-

                Schedule and Venue:     January 2nd – 6th, March 1st – 5th , May 1st – 5th, July 3rd – 7th, September 4th – 8th, and November 1st – 5th.

Person in charge: Ven.Dhammananda Theri and Ven.Dhammaparipunna